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Branger, Jean-Christophe – Massenet and opera: richness and diversity




Massenet (1842-1912) is known above all for two works, Manon and Werther, and to these have been added another four: Hérodiade, Thaïs, Don Quichotte and Cendrillon, which are now enjoying renewed popularity. However, his output was much larger than that: twenty-five complete operatic works have come down to us (not counting Marie-Magdeleine, an oratorio written in 1873 and staged in 1903). But his output has been largely neglected because of its singularity: few people realise that Massenet experimented with opera far more than most other composers, thus creating a multi-faceted world all of his own.

From the CD-Book Thérèse de Massenet (Palazzetto Bru Zane, collection Opéra français, 2013). Translation: Mary Pardoe.

    Persons - 2
  • FUGÈRE, Lucien (1848-1935)
  • MASSENET, Jules (1842-1912)
  • Works - 11
  • Amadis (Claretie / Massenet)
  • Cendrillon (Cain / Massenet)
  • Don Quichotte (Cain / Massenet)
  • Ève (Gallet / Massenet)
  • Mage, Le (Richepin / Massenet)
  • Manon (Gille & Meilhac / Massenet)
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